Imagining Successful Schools -

<blockquote>One of the grand old men of education policy says test-based accountability has got to go.</blockquote> We've put so much emphasis into educational standards and accountability over the past 30 years we seem to have deluded ourselves into thinking that standards and accountability are the essential ingredients in educational improvement, and if we lack improvement, then it must be because we need better standards and more accountability. I tend to agree with Marc Tucker here in this NY Times opinion piece, in what essentially comes down to the adage, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." I think standards are useful, and I can't imagine an accountability-free education system, but it's time for a strategy shift that places more emphasis on teacher professionalism and support.